Now fueling Point Loma is Better Buzz, which has renovated a former drive-thru on Rosecrans into a new, expedient hub for your morning or afternoon coffee fix.
The local company already operates drive-thru/walk-up coffee shops in Pacific Beach and San Marcos but the style of this new outpost has more in common with The Lab, their modern coffee concept that opened last year in Mission Beach.
Open from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m., the 1,350-square-foot space has indoor and outdoor seating and two espresso bars to accommodate drive-thru and walk-in customers; the entire drink menu, including espresso drinks, drip coffee and cold brew, is available via the drive-thru, though more time-intensive pour-over service is limited to walk-in patrons. They're also serving breakfast and lunch, from acai bowls to panini.
Better Buzz says they specialize in "coffee for the people", craft coffee done well but made quickly, using beans delivered twice-weekly to all their locations from their production facility in Vista. The company plans to expand with more independent drive-thrus and stand-alone concepts with help from Capital Real Estate Ventures Inc.'s Justin Earley, including a new craft beer/coffee project that should open in Encinitas by Spring 2015.